Domestic Violence among top pupil health and safeguarding concerns in England


Mental health, domestic violence, bullying and obesity are the most concerning pupil health and safeguarding issues for head teachers and other school leaders in England, a report on pupil wellbeing has revealed.

The report, which represents the views of 1,180 school leaders who completed The Key’s annual State of Education survey, highlights the scale of the challenge facing the new Child Protection Taskforce as schools increasingly seek to employ their own counsellors or draw on voluntary services to tackle wide-ranging pupil wellbeing issues.

To read the full story visit the Mental Health Today Website

Jo Berry

Freedom Shropshire Team

Get families involved to protect children from domestic violence

boy on bed

Because in recent years, there has been a considerable increase in research in highlighting the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on children and young people, it has been suggested that one way to address this problem is to bring together families, domestic abuse specialists and child protection services. One this need can be met is through Family Group Conferences. Although they were introduced in to the UK in the early 1990s they are not an integral part of child protection processes.

For the full story visit the Guardian:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Is religion doing enough to root out abuse?

Karen Morgan

From when Karen Morgan was 12, until she was well into her teens, she was sexually abused by her uncle – a ministerial servant with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Christian churches, as well as other religions, have faced claims of child abuse.

For young Muslim girls, the price of speaking out about child sexual abuse can also be high, with many reluctant to report such abuse because of the fear that it would bring shame on them and their family.

But what is striking about the Jehovah’s Witnesses is their explicit policy of dealing with abuse in-house.

Because of their practice of following the Bible literally, they insist there must be two witnesses to a crime, often not the case in child abuse cases.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the only religious organisation to try to deal with allegations of sexual abuse in-house.

For many decades, that was the preferred method of the Roman Catholic Church, which has since reformed its child safeguarding policies following numerous court cases in the US and Europe against priests for the sexual abuse of children.

Other churches have also tightened up their child safeguarding policies, with the Methodist Church conducting its own recent enquiry into abuse allegations dating back to 1950:

That inquiry has led to calls for the Church of England to hold a fresh internal enquiry of its own, separately from the overarching national public inquiry that has just begun, and from the investigation it published in 2010, which critics termed inadequate:

For more on the story, visit BBC News UK:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Telford man imprisoned for 21 years for repeated incidents of domestic violence and abuse.

‘A man who committed serious domestic violence and abuse against two former partners, described as ‘amounting to medieval torture’ has been convicted and handed an extended sentence of 21 years in prison.

Dino Burley, aged 42 of Pitchford Drive, Priorslee, Telford, must serve a minimum of 12 years before being considered for release.

Burley was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday ( 14th July) after being convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.’

To read the rest of the story, in full, please visit the West Mercia Police Website.

Jo Berry

Freedom Shropshire Team

Family violence can affect children before they are born

Medical experts have told Victoria’s royal commission into family violence, in Australia, that children could be affected by family violence even before they are born. Professor Louise Newman has said that women released hormones in response to the stress of being harmed, which could permeate the placenta and affect the baby’s development in utero, with potentially sever consequences for pregnancy.

For the full story in the Guardian, click link:


Freedom Shropshire Team

Advert for Domestic Violence Support Worker, July 2015

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Jo Berry

Freedom Shorpshire Team

Freedom Shropshire Newsletter, Edition 13, July 2015

Freedom Shropshire Newsletter, Edition 13, July 2015

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Jo Berry
Freedom Shropshire Team

‘Stalker apps’ and GPS allow domestic violence abusers to discover hidden refuges

A tracking device was hidden in a child's toy

In Australia, refuges that house victims of domestic violence are increasingly being discovered by perpetrators who are using ‘Stalker Apps’ and GPS locators which have been hidden in their victim’s phones, cars and even in one case, a child’s stuffed toy.

Support workers say victims now face the grim realisation they may always have to look over their shoulders thanks to the array of tracking technology that is cheaply and easily available.

For more on this article and to hear from the women who  have experienced this type of stalking click link below:


Freedom Shropshire Team


‘Vets could help tackle domestic violence’ says RSPCA

The RSPCA feel that vets could help to tackle domestic violence because it is well documented that perpetrators of family violence will threaten to harm or will actually harm family pets and other animals as a way of controlling victims and their children.

Victims of domestic violence often stay at home because of threats to family pets so the RSPCA is calling for the government to provide shelter for animals too and for vets to be required to report signs of abuse.

Victims of domestic violence often stay at home because of threats to family pets so the RSPCA is calling the government to provide shelter for animals too and for vets to be required to report signs of abuse.

For the full story, visit the link below:


Freedom Shropshire Team



Record number of prosecutions for violence against women

A record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as "violence against women and girls", figures for England and Wales show.

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) report showed more than 107,000 such prosecutions in the year to April, up 16,000 (18%) on the previous year.

The figures are for crimes "primarily" against women, but male victims are also included. The statistics include cases of rape, domestic violence and "honour" crime.

In the report, prosecutors said a common theme was the use of the internet to contact potential victims and post indecent images and messages.

For more on this story visit the BBC website, click below link:


Freedom Shropshire Team


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